Fida is running a series of monthly talks with Industry artists and creatives.
The Talks will be discussing the work of a selection of fashion creatives and artists, with numerous experience working both in-house and freelance with brands. The talks will offer the opportunity for Q&A at the end and the talk should last no more than 45 minutes.
Fida aims to help support and celebrate the fashion illustrators of today, through the money raised from the talks will offer opportunities to illustrators unable to afford a place on the Fida website or books.
Free to all Fida Members
Margot was drawing and painting since she was 6 years old. She was admitted to the prestigious academy of Arts « ARTEZ » in Arnhem (Holland )on the age of 18 where she studied fashion design and illustration. In 1989 Margot graduates with a Masters degree. Having studied alongside other fashion greats (like Victor&Rolf ) Margot left Holland for France to discover the world of Parisian elegance that influenced her work as a designer and fashion illustrator. She has worked with important brands such as Clarins, L’Oréal, and Lancôme, creating a unique universe for her illustrated women. In 2013 Escada commissioned her for their fragrance and worldwide campaign “Cherry in the Air.” Margot’s strong ties to Japan began more than 15 years ago with a commission that snowballed into a multitude of clients and editorial work. (Vogue Japon, L’Officiel Japon) It’s in Tokyo where Margot was introduced to a discipline that became a strong source of inspiration for her work—the art of woodblock printing (Ukiyo-e) with it’s delicate work of fine lines on handmade paper.
Jessica Durrant is a freelance illustrator specializing in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle genres. Durrant grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work is inspired by her travels around the globe, music, film, fashion, architecture, vintage illustration, and Scandinavian design. Her work was most recently featured in British VOGUE June & July 2019.
Clients include The Washington Post, Target, Sephora, IKEA, Starbucks, Vogue Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Louis Vuitton, Brandon Maxwell, Spanx, Diptyque, Chantecaille, Jimmy Choo, Ebay, Nature Made, Lancôme Paris, Burts Bees, Elizabeth Arden, L'Oreal Paris Kérastase, Avène, NYX Cosmetics, Lavazza, Bayer, and QVC. Harper's Bazaar named her a fashion illustrator to follow on Instagram in both 2014 and 2015. Durrant has also collaborated with CHANEL, Oscar de la Renta, and Elie Saab. Her work recently appeared in Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Emily in Paris. Durrant completed three fully illustrated books for L'Oreal Paris Kérastase.
CONNIE LIM IS A PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATOR AND DESIGNER FROM LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. SHE HAS TRAINED AT PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES SUCH AS ART CENTER COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN PASADENA (ILLUSTRATION, 2008) AND UAL’S CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS IN LONDON (FASHION DESIGN WITH MARKETING, 2013). AS AN ARTIST SPECIALIZING IN FASHION, SHE MERGED HER TWO LOVE OF ILLUSTRATION AND FASHION DESIGN TO CREATE UNIQUE AND STRIKING IMAGES WITH A STRONG PERSONAL VISION. SHE IS AN AVID BELIEVER IN TRADITIONAL DRAWING AND IS INTERESTED IN PORTRAYING HER SUBJECTS IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS TO CREATE VISUAL NARRATIVE.
CONNIE IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN LONDON AND IS A LECTURER AT THE UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS ROCHESTER AND SHORT COURSE LECTURER AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS AND A GUEST LECTURER AT VARIOUS OTHER UNIVERSITIES. SHE IS PGCERT CERTIFIED AND PART OF THE HEA (HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY) FELLOWSHIP. HER CLIENTS INCLUDE GUERLAIN, BULGARI, LOUBOUTIN, BIELO, AND REVLON AND SHE HAS SHOWN IN GALLERIES SUCH AS OXO IN LONDON AND PARTICIPATED IN LIGHT SHOW INSTALLATIONS IN AMSTERDAM, METROBOOKS IN NEW YORK, FASHION ILLUSTRATION GALLERY AF, AND SHOWSTUDIO. HER WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN BOOKS INCLUDING MARTIN DAWBER’S GREAT BIG BOOK OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION, AND BEAUTIFUL BY GESTALTEN AND THE LATEST BY TASCHEN, THE ILLUSTRATOR - 100 BEST FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
Fashion and art go hand in hand together, and when I caught up with the talented James I found out some interesting facts about him. London based Fashion Illustrator James Forchione, a graduate of London College of Fashion has already carved a strong reputation among the fashion world. A regular on the front row at fashion week, James manages to effortlessly capture designers collections as they make their way down the prestigious runway. I had to know Forchiones story. I was intrigued by his ability to capture things he see's, usually within 15 seconds. This is one talented young man.